Turner, Highsmith win All-Sports Award
Seniors Kristyn Turner and Dontel Highsmith captured the girls and boys All-Sports Awards at the 64th annual Dowagiac Athletic Booster Club All-Sports Banquet Thursday night.
Turner also won the varsity softball award, while Highsmith won the varsity basketball and boys track awards.
Turner played softball and basketball for four years, while she also played volleyball for three seasons before switching to golf her senior year. She joins her aunts Cathy Turner and Julie Ruff as an All-Sports Award winner.
She will attend Central Michigan University on a full academic scholarship.
Highsmith, who led the Chieftains to the Class B final four as a sophomore, holds the school record for points scored in his career. He played basketball for four years, ran track for three years and played football for two seasons.
In all, 42 student-athletes were honored for their varsity participation in sports during the 2012-13 season.
Amanda Hassle, Matt Lyle, Hollie Olson and Maggie Cripe received the Athletic Booster Club scholarships, while D.J. Hunt, Joey Pasternak, Rachel Bailey, Jordan Juday and Paul Lamphere were awarded the Chieftain Golf Outing scholarships.
Haley Smith won the Dick Dorgan Memorial Scholarship, Cal Cox won the Larry Cox Memorial Scholarship and Brooke Parritt won the Leon Dodd Commemorative Award.
Cox also won the Bryan Frazier Memorial Scholarship.
DeYonte Sullivan and Alyssa Allen were selected as the outstanding freshmen.
FOX 28’s award-winning sportscaster Allison Hayes served as the host for the evening.
Northern Illinois University men’s basketball coach Mark Montgomery was the principal speaker.
64th annual All-Sports Banquet
Boys soccer – Joey Pasternak
Boys cross country – Benjamin Thompson
Girls gross country – Holly Luth
Boys golf – Jordan Juday
Boys JV golf – Jeremiah Guernsey
Girls varsity basketball – Ciera Smith
Girls JV basketball – Leela Smith-Ferrier
Varsity football – Brett Scanlon
JV football – Bryce Dodd
Cheerleading – Paige Charles
JV cheerleading – Alyssa Casey
Boys varsity basketball – Dontel Highsmith
Boys JV basketball – Keoante’ Blackamore
Varsity volleyball – Katelyn Dantone
JV volleyball – Mary Magin
Wrestling – Matt Lyle, Tristan Howard
JV wrestling – Sean Thompson
Girls golf – Haley Smith
Varsity softball – Kristyn Turner
JV softball – McKinzie Kiggins
Varsity baseball – Cal Cox
JV baseball – Daquan Brooks
Girls track – Nijah Russell
Boys track – Dontel Highsmith
Girls soccer – Brooke Parritt
Girls tennis – Sydney Foote
Girls JV tennis – Genesis Avila, Han Tsai
Boys tennis – Marc Tyrakowski
Outstanding freshman female – Alyssa Allen
Outstanding freshman male – DeYonte Sullivan
Sportsmanship male – Todd McIntyre
All-Sports female – Kristyn Turner
All-Sports male – Dontel Highsmith
Athletic Booster Club Scholarship – Amanda Hassle, Matt Lyle, Hollie Olson, Maggie Cripe
Chieftain Gold Outing Scholarship – D.J. Hunt, Joey Pasternak, Rachel Bailey, Jordan Juday, Paul Lamphere
Dick Dorgan Scholarship – Haley Smith
Larry Cox Scholarship – Cal Cox
Leon Dodd Commemorative Award – Brooke Parritt
Bryan Frazier Scholarship – Cal Cox
Fall Sportsmanship male – Josh Lamphere
Fall Sportsmanship female – McKinzie Kiggins
Winter Sportsmanship male – DeYonte Sullivan
Winter Sportsmanship female – Olga Dickson-French
Spring Sportsmanship male – Aubrey Huston
Springs Sportsmanship female – Kourtney Mitchell